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Key Lime Pastry Pops Up at Ted’s Bulletin

Capitol Hill’s home for reimagined snack treats has flipped the script on a Sunshine State staple, (Just in time for Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential run? Hmm.) whipping up a house-made goodie accented with fruity key lime, crumbly graham cracker and fluffy whipped cream.  

The flagship Ted’s Bulletin has been cranking out signature sweets from the get-go, tempting passersby with display cases full of freshly baked cakes, pies and custom treats.  

A key lime production Monday joined the platoon of pop tarts Pastry Chef Todd Miller and his crew crank out morning, noon and night.  

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The bonus breakfast offering joins another seasonal player, salted caramel, on the revolving roster of oral entertainment. Given all the new developments, a certain Capitol Hill dining sleuth rolled up his sleeves, marched over to the Barracks Row eatery and fought through the five flavors currently rolling off the flour-dusted assembly line.  

My favorites, ranked from mine-mine-all-mine! to of-course-you-can-have-some include:

  • Key Lime: Mixing graham crackers into the surrounding dough gives the shell a crunchier texture than the plain pastry. The underlying key lime custard adds zing while the citrus-spiked glaze keeps things zesty. The tropical tribute is a welcome addition.
  • Blueberry Cheesecake: This one is perhaps the most complex of the grab-and-go snacks. There’s a sugar-glazed shell smothered in blue and white sprinkles to contend with, followed by velvety interior featuring rich cream cheese partnered with a much more subtle berry footprint.
  • Strawberry: The go-to for confectionery connoisseurs features sugar glaze, rainbow sprinkles and a crazy-sweet filling.
  • Salted Caramel: There’s no end to just how gooey this one can get. A drizzle of sticky-sweet caramel crisscrossed the glazed outer shell, while a deposit of stick-to-your-teeth, thick melted sugar pools in the middle.
  • Brown Sugar and Cinnamon: The workhorse of the bunch covers the basics (omnipresent glaze, multicolored sprinkles, spicy center). It’s much drier and less intriguing than its fruit-filled counterparts.

The key lime creation sells for $3.99 a pop, and is now available all Ted’s locations in the D.C.-Metro area.  

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